Re-visiting an old hobby I had picked up when I was a teenager.
I got my Technician license so long ago, I'm not quite sure when I actually did. What I am sure of, however, is that the hobby has always had a special place in my heart and life.
My grandfather actually got me into ham radio back when I was a kid, and sometime back in the 90's, he convinced me to get my Tech No-Code license (remember when that was a thing?!) - I was KB9MRE back then. I remember playing around with 2m getting a thrill out of reaching repeaters with nothing but a mobile antenna magnet mounted to a Weber grill. Those were the days. My dad even tells me that I experimented with Packet radio for a time with my little 2m rig interfaced to an Apple IIe. I have a hard time believing that I could have figured out how to set all that up in a time before internet, but I guess anything's possible. After my grandfather passed, my dad was adamant about me taking his call sign to honor him, so I did....I remember that getting a vanity call sign, especially one that was already used, was EXTREMELY hard back then. It was a lot of work and waiting, but my call sign today is evidence that perseverance paid off.
Time went on, life changed, and the radio equipment collected dust in the closet...until recently. I have no idea what's gotten into me lately, but I have this urge to get back on the air....it's probably my father's relentless attempts to get me to get back into it. I recently took my General and Amateur Extra test....passed both....and have quickly set-up an HF station for 20m and 30m work (I'm loving PSK31, JT65, RTTY, and CW!). I've moved on from the Weber grill....although I will always argue that a Weber grill is the absolute best antenna mounting scheme.
I'm pretty happy with my small HF setup and my dipole that is cleverly strung up in the gangway of my Chicago home. If you encounter me on 20m or 30m working CW, please be....patient :) My sending isn't too shabby with my straight key, but copying is a totally different beast. I'm working at it, though. I've also got my 2m magnet mount sitting outside on my air conditioning unit....whatever gets the job done! Even though 2m isn't what it used to be, maybe someone who's reading this will want to dust off the old equipment knowing there's someone still out there!
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